Shopping: Try something on at Maurice -- it's worth the experience

News-DemocratMay 24, 2013 

Since I needed to be in Waterloo anyway Tuesday, I popped into the Maurice women's clothing store on Illinois 3. This location should get an award for having the most attractive dressing room area in the metro-east. Having only been in the small store at St. Clair Square, I was blown away by the powder blue walls, white quilted doors, chocolate-brown trim and the delicate clear divider that separated the area from the clothing racks. A gold-colored sofa and a white curvy sideboard finished the decor.

Wine Women and Shoes is a shopping benefit to help the St. Louis Area Food Bank's mission to distribute food to hungry people. The event is from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at The Ritz-Carton in St. Louis. Cost is $100 and you get to savor culinary delights, sip fine wines, shop the latest in shoes and accessories and bid on one-of-a-kind auction items. Wear your most fashionable footwear to the event for your chance to win great prizes. To purchase tickets, visit or call 314-292-6262.

If you're old enough, you probably remember collecting Good Luck Trolls (first made in 1959), those ugly-but-cute little dolls that came with different hair color. Think of them as the precursors to The Smurfs. Well, the toy fad is back and you'll find the trolls encased in silver-sealed packets -- so you won't know what kind you're getting -- at Barnes & Noble in Fairview Heights for $7.95 each. There are fifteen different versions of the figures in various colors and with unique surface treatments, including metallic, flocked, black-light sensitive, glitter, and glow-in-the-dark.

There are all kinds of St. Louis Cardinals shirts to proclaim your allegiance, but the ones for women at JC Penney at St. Clair Square may draw some attention: "Can't Hit on This" is the message in red or white logo shirts. Cost: $22. For $30, you can pick up a strapless red and navy logo coverup. Look for them by the outside entrance to the store near the hair salon.

Get ready for Memorial Day weekend grilling by attending a demonstration of Weber grills at Hearthside Fire & Grill in Belleville from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Just in case you don't want to bend over, special metal outdoor drink holders will help you out. They're 33 inches tall and you get two for $5 in a variety of colors at Menard's in O'Fallon. Stake them in the ground around your yard to accommodate beverage cans, small bottles or even candles.

One of my favorite outdoor summer games is the bean bag toss. It can be played on concrete, grass, even sand. You'll find a set with two foldable targets, eight bean bags and a carrying case on sale for $38.97 at Old Time Pottery in Fairview Heights. Price good through June 2.

It's always fun to surprise guests with beverage choices. At World Market in Shiloh, you can pick up a wide selection of 12-ounce bottles of soda that will take you back a few decades. Each bottle is 99 cents, regularly $1.49. Look for old-time flavors, such as root beer, grape and more.

If you're planning kids projects for summer camp, or just some backyard fun, consider this deal at Micheal's Crafts in Shiloh: You can buy five T-shirts in kids and adults sizes (some color choices) for $10. Perfect for painting, stenciling and tie-dyeing. Price good through today.

Deals in Fairview Heights has 10-gallon plastic tubs with handles for icing down cold drinks this weekend. Just $5. Colors may vary.

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